Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Happy Spring Mandala - More painting with fountain pen ink

Happy Spring Mandala!

Ah spring.... I love seeing everything turn from cold and dreary to budding with new life.

This mandala was drawn using a fine nibbed Lamy Safari fountain pen filled with R&K Magenta ink. I drew it on Clairefontaine Ingres/Pastel White Laid Paper (one of my favorites) and then using a Niji waterbrush and a delicate hand, used plain water to draw out the color from the ink. As fountain pen inks are water based, they act like watercolor paints. (Note that some inks are more permanent that others... your results may vary.)

Magenta Mandala - Rohrer & Klingner ink, Lamy Safari fountain pen, Niji Waterbrush

Finally bought a bottle of Rohrer & Klingner's Magenta fountain pen ink from Pear Tree Pens, the only current US retailer for this ink. R&K is a German ink company and of the colors I've sampled, I'm totally in love with their Magenta & Purple. (Solferino) The colors are bright, warm & vibrant and so far, seem to have excellent flow. $12 for a 50ml bottle.

6 comments:

FPNBallboy said...

That is a nice purple. Wonder how you find it compares to Diamine Imperial Purple or Damson...

Biffybeans said...

I think this ink is too red to be called a purple - in my mind, it is a good match to its Magenta name. I am using the R&K Solferino, which is a reddish purple similar to the Imperial Purple. Damson is more of a purplish black, which seems closer to me to R&K's Alt-Bordeaux.

FPNBallboy said...

Oh of course, I should have read that word Magenta more closely, lol! Must use those Diamines I have with closer scrutiny.
Your mandalas are calming and inspiring :)

Biffybeans said...

Thank you Ballboy. :o) I'm glad that you like them.

Cheryl said...

Beautiful! Love the close-up photo.

Gentian said...

I love this mandala! Everyone keeps talking about R&K inks I'm having a hard time not wanting to order some :D
The colour looks beautiful and it's so pretty in the washes.

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